Inspection Technology

Certificate Technical Degree

Inspection technologists perform nondestructive inspection of material, parts, components, and/or pressurized systems. They use a blend of quality assurance and materials science to make sure aircraft, chemical plants, pipelines, and bridges are structurally sound.. Hands-on classroom and laboratory training will prepare you for national certifications and an exciting, in-demand career. 

Program at a Glance

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities are diverse, so you can pick your industry or career path. As a program graduate, you may work in industries such as petrochemical, maritime,  fabrication, welding, pipeline, turbines, aerospace, and more. Some job titles include:

  • NDT Technicians in: VT, PT, MT, UT, ET, and RFI
  • UT Flaw Sizing and Phased Array Inspectors PAUT
  • AWS - Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI)
  • API Inspectors - API 510, API 570, API 577/578
  • Quality Technicians, Inspectors, or Managers
  • Metallurgical, Corrosion, or Coating Technicians

Earning Potential

Wages are based on experience, skill level, testing method, and a synergy of multiple certifications.

  • NDT Level I $74,9971
  • NDT Level II $113,0721
  • NDT Level III $131,2731
  • Certified Welding Inspector  $66,5392
  • API 510 Pressure Vessels Inspector $86,2113
  • API 570 Piping Inspector $72,3473

Salary information provided by Personnel for Quality and Nondestructive Testing (PQNDT) Salary Survey, 2019, for South Central Region 

Locations

DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

Fixed Equipment Inspection Technology AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. Learn through the classroom and hands-on training in the testing, inspection, and quality fields. In your second year, you’ll focus on the inspection of welds, pressure vessels, pressure piping, valves, and advanced metallurgical techniques.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in five terms, including a summer term.

Fixed Equipment, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. You’ll learn in both the classroom and through hands-on training in the testing, inspection, and quality fields. In your second year, you’ll focus on the inspection of welds, pressure vessels, pressure piping, valves, and advanced metallurgical techniques.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in four terms.

Nondestructive Testing Technology AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. You’ll get classroom training in six core testing and inspection methods, and you’ll receive the technical training you need to begin working in the testing, inspection, and quality fields.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in five terms, including a summer term.

Nondestructive Testing Technology, Certificate of Technology

Certificate
The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. You’ll receive classroom and lab training in visual inspection, magnetic particle testing, liquid penetrant testing, ultrasonic testing, and more.
Length 6 Months
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 29 credits for this certificate in two terms.

Nondestructive Testing Technology, Level 2 Certificate

Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. Gain exposure to over a dozen nondestructive testing methods with hands-on classroom training.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 45 credits for this certificate in four terms.
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Start a Career That’s Out of This World

Not only does Stephen Rowland, San Jac’s inspection technology program director, help students launch careers in inspection technology, he boasts quite the resume of his own. His job has taken him all over the world and beyond—including working on the International Space Station. Rowland knows what it takes to be a successful testing inspector, and is proud of San Jac program graduates. 
Stephen Rowland
Our program has been rated top in the country. I’m proud of the exceptional students that graduate from our program. Many get hired before graduation and go to work for local contractors.”
Stephen Rowland
Inspection Technology Program Director at San Jacinto College

Get Nationally Certified

Nondestructive Testing

Certification Paths

We provide the education to follow certification paths through: 
  • American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
  • American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International
Welding Student

Advanced Subjects for Certification

The following three courses require you to have five years of experience before you can sit for a certification exam. The College designed the courses for both those wanting to gain experience and those preparing to sit for exams.
  • NDTE 2411 Welding Inspection
  • NDTE 2439 Pressure Piping and Valve Inspection
  • NDTE 2440 Pressure Vessel Inspection
Graduation Student

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Contact Us

Got questions? Reach out to program coordinators via phone or email and we’ll help make sure you’re choosing the right program for you.
Stephen Rowland
Prog Dir, Non-Destructive Test
Phone
(281) 998-6150x1689
Joseph Zwiercan
Dept Chair, Industrial Tech
Phone
(281) 998-6150x1352